Program Overview

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The Miami University Dietetic Internship is a Combined Master of Science Degree/Dietetic Internship. The combined program is a 16-month program requiring students to complete all required coursework for the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health, Exercise Science and Health concentration in conjunction with a 1280 hour supervised practice experience. A total of 30 semester hours is required and includes 21 hours of coursework and 9 hours supervised practice. The area of concentration for the Miami University Combined Master’s degree/Dietetic Internship is community nutrition. The internship is designed for each graduate may achieve all required competencies through academic coursework, qualifying exit work, and evidence-based supervised practice experiences.

The Miami University Combined Master’s degree/Dietetic Internship is part of the process for becoming a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. RDs or RDNs work in a wide variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice. Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD or RDN. For more information on the process to become an RD/RDN, please go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements visit https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students.

Licensure is required in the state of Ohio for all those who practice dietetics. Dietetics is defined in the law by the state of Ohio as everyone who practices dietetics, unless specifically exempted. The three areas defined as dietetic practice are:
1. Nutritional assessment to determine nutritional needs and to recommend appropriate nutritional intake, including enteral and parenteral nutrition.
2. Nutritional counseling or education as components of preventive, curative, and restorative health care
3. Development, administration, evaluation, and consultation regarding nutritional care standards. Ohio Revised Code section 4759.01(A)
For more detailed information for obtaining licensure, visit the Ohio Medical Licensure Board webpage, https://med.ohio.gov/Apply/Dietitian-LD.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Miami University Dietetic Internship is to provide evidenced-based learning experiences in dietetics that will prepare graduates to be competent for practice as an entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in a variety of healthcare and community environments. The program will focus on educating graduates to be capable practitioners dedicated to the service of others and to the profession.

Program Goals and Objectives

The program has two main goals and several objectives within each goal:

Program Goal 1: Prepare graduates to become competent for practice as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.

Objective 1.1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 24 months (150% of the program length)

Objective 1.2: Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3: At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Objective 1.4: The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Objective 1.5: At least 80% of returned employer surveys report overall satisfaction with graduate entry level performance.

Objective 1.6: 80% of graduates will report overall satisfaction with preparation for dietetics practice

Program Goal 2: Prepare graduates to be capable practitioners dedicated to the service of others and to the profession.

Objective 2.1: 60% of graduates report participating in one or more community service opportunities in dietetics/nutrition related service areas.

Objective 2.2: 60% of graduates report membership in a dietetics or related professional organization.

Objective 2.3: 16% of graduates report being enrolled in a dietetics or related doctoral program within five years of graduation.

*Program outcome data is available on request.